Dr Jonathan Pugh
tel: 0191 222 6425
Jonathan Pugh is a Senior Academic Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics
and Sociology at Newcastle University. His work explores many aspects of postcolonial
institutional development, but he is especially interested in the everyday lives of
those who work for and struggle to develop institutions in the Caribbean.
His research often documents these lives in detail through ethnographic
research; examining overlapping themes of voice, subjectivity and
institutional change. He has analysed a wide variety of postcolonial
institutions, from those concerned with participatory planning, physical
and environmental management, folklore traditions, and activism.
He has actively been involved in the latter, for example, developing a
seven-country programme with Caribbean fisherpeople. Conceptually, although
previously drawing upon post-Marxist and deliberative approaches, he is
increasingly engaging with the writings of postcolonial writers from the
Caribbean (esp Harris, Brathwaite, Glissant and Walcott) and the work of
Stanley Cavell. He has also recently become interested in how postcolonial
approaches to Island Studies could be reconceptualised through refocusing
upon the archipelago and island movements, rather than the static island form.
1st Class Hons, BSc in Biology and Geography;
ESRC funded PhD and three year Fellowship
Jon has over forty publications in the fields of planning practice and theory,
political philosophy, geography, development studies and international relations.
He works through a wide range of media: from academic journals to consultancy,
newspapers, radio and television. His projects have included: the leading ‘Participatory
Planning in the Caribbean’ network (ESRC) and
‘Developing Institutional Capacity Building in Fisherfolk Communities of the
Caribbean’ (DFID), which employed hundreds of fisherpeople across the region.
Another three-year research programme (ESRC) explored various aspects of planning
in the Caribbean, resulting in the publication of the first co-edited monograph on
participatory planning in the region and the most up-to-date co-edited text on
environmental planning in the Caribbean. Jonathan has also co-initiated the first
Caribbean regional union for fisherpeople, which has presently spread across seven
countries. His visiting lecture positions have included the University of California
and the University of West Indies.